New Strategies Needed to Help Healthcare Providers Gain Knowledge to Counsel Patients on Diet

American Heart Association (04/30/18)

The American Heart Association has issued a scientific advisory regarding gaps in medical nutrition education and training in the United States. The advisory also summarizes reforms in undergraduate and graduate medical education to support more robust nutrition education and training programs. The advisory features examples of successful approaches being used to integrate clinical nutrition throughout undergraduate and graduate medical education courses. It also outlines nutrition resources and continuing medical education activities. "The competencies outlined in this statement provide a foundation with flexible options for advancing nutrition knowledge and skills across the learning continuum, and a toolkit for medical school curriculum directors, program directors, faculty, trainees, and students," says Linda Van Horn, Ph.D., R.D., co-chair of the writing group and professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Karen E. Aspry, M.D., M.S., lead statement author and assistant professor of medicine at Brown University, notes that physicians "cite insufficient knowledge and training as barriers, even during their peak learning years" when it comes to providing diet information to patients.

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